Joe and Anthony Russo, directors behind Avengers, You, Me and Dupree, and the best episodes of Community, have partnered with Netflix and Wizards of the Coast to adapt the trading card game Magic The Gathering as an animated series. The Russos will “oversee the creation of an all new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers.”
The burgeoning story of Magic The Gathering has been explained and alluded to in card art, flavor text, online short stories, novels, and comic books. Like Avengers, Magic The Gathering has a multiverse, which is a collection of planes which are usually named after the primary planet contained within them. Travel between these planes is possible, and powerful beings known as Planeswalkers are capable of traversing between them.
The Russos released the following statement, solidifying their dork status:
“We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us.” Isaac Krauss, who is also the CEO of Octopie, commented on the team’s creative hopes for the series, stating that ““Our goal is to not only tell a compelling story leveraging Magic: The Gathering’s incredible body of work, but to also push the medium and perception of storytelling through animation. This series will cross the genres of suspenseful thriller, horror, and drama with deeply developed characters the likes of which are not often seen in animation.”
The Russos will executive produce the series. Showrunners and lead writers include Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Jordan Peele’s Weird City). Yoriaki Mochizuki (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) will be supervising director and co-executive producer.